Trainer Aidan O’Brien, left, and jockey Ryan Moore celebrate after winning with Luxembourg at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin [Inpho/Morgan Treacy]

O’Brien trained Luxembourg wins Irish Champion Stakes

Luxembourg is back in the big time after landing the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore on last Saturday. Forced to miss the Derby due to a setback after finishing third in the 2,000 Guineas, the Camelot colt travelled in mid-division in the 10-furlong showpiece after starting at 7-2, allowing stablemate Stone Age to take a clear early lead before clicking into gear two furlongs from home. 

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O’Brien said: “He has beaten some good three-year-olds and older horses. He always felt like he was in control of the race. I think there is more to come from him. I would like to think there are more good days for him to come.’’ 

One of those could be in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 2 for which one bookmaker group cut Luxembourg’s odds to 6-1, where a clash with the outstanding older horse Baaeed, could be in the offing.